Chapter 11.11
COMPRESSION BRAKES

Sections:

11.11.010    Findings.

11.11.015    Definitions.

11.11.020    Use of unmuffled compression brakes prohibited.

11.11.030    Use of compression brakes prohibited in certain areas.

11.11.040    Areas of prohibition.

11.11.050    Penalty.

11.11.060    Posting.

11.11.070    Effective date.

SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 349    04/25/89

AMENDED SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 415    04/23/91

Ord. 484    09/01/92

Ord. 515    08/17/93

Ord. 645    08/04/98

Ord. 665    03/09/99

Ord. 686    03/14/00

11.11.010 Findings.

The Board of Clallam County Commissioners finds that there are several areas of the County where engine compression brakes are used regularly and that the use of such brakes is not in the best interest of the public health and general welfare of the citizens present in those areas.

The Board further finds that neither the terrain nor road design geometrics, in these areas, warrant the regular use of engine compression brakes.

The Board further finds that high volumes of vehicles equipped with engine compression brakes travel through those areas described in CCC 11.11.040 and that such volume, coupled with regular use of such brakes, has created an intolerable environment for persons present in those areas.

11.11.015 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall be defined as follows:

(1) “Brake” means any device used for slowing, halting, or stopping the movement of any vehicle.

(2) “Engine compression brake” means any motor vehicle brake that is operated by the compression of the engine of the motor vehicle or any unit or part thereof. An engine compression brake is also referred to as a “jake brake.”

(3) “Motor vehicle” means and includes automobiles, tractors, trucks, trailers, and transportation equipment of all kinds and sizes, or any combinations of the foregoing.

(4) “Muffled” means fitted with a device that absorbs noise and, therefore, reduces the sound made by the engine compression brake.

11.11.020 Use of unmuffled compression brakes prohibited.

No person shall use motor vehicle brakes which are in any way activated or operated by the compression of the engine of such motor vehicle or any unit or part thereof, unless such braking system is equipped with a functional muffler. Such prohibition shall not apply if an emergency situation exists, and the use of unmuffled engine compression brakes is necessary for the protection or persons or property.

11.11.030 Use of compression brakes prohibited in certain areas.

No person shall use motor vehicle brakes which are in any way activated or operated by the compression of the engine of such motor vehicle or any unit or part thereof; provided, that such prohibition shall be applicable only to those public highways or portions thereof identified in CCC 11.11.040; provided further, that such prohibition shall not apply if an emergency situation exists and the use of engine compression brakes is necessary for the protection of persons or property.

11.11.040 Areas of prohibition.

The prohibition set forth in CCC 11.11.030 shall apply to the following public highways or portions thereof:

(1) State Route 112 between milepost 16.40 (Clallam Cannery) and milepost 16.97 (Weel Road), inclusive.

(2) State Route 112 between milepost 50.36 (“Entering Joyce” sign) and milepost 51.49 (“Leaving Joyce” sign), inclusive.

(3) Diamond Point Road #58250 between milepost 0.00 (State Route 101) and milepost 0.75 (0.75 miles north of State Route 101), inclusive.

(4) Evans Road #51650 between milepost 0.80 (0.80 miles north of Old Olympic Highway) and milepost 0.96 (0.96 miles north of Old Olympic Highway) inclusive.

(5) Maxfield Road #15030 between milepost 0.00 (State Route 101) and milepost 0.34 (east side of Shuwah Bridge), inclusive.

(6) Olympic Hot Springs Road #30380 between milepost 1.88 (1.88 miles south of State Route 101) and milepost 1.96 (Olympic National Park Boundary), inclusive.

(7) State Route 112 between milepost 6.7 and milepost 9.0 (between Neah Bay and Lake Ozette Road in the Chito Beach Resort area).

(8) Kirner Road #52410 between milepost 0.00 (Woodcock Road) and milepost 0.50 (gravel pit).

(9) Blue Mountain Road #41770 between milepost 0.00 (State Route 101) and milepost 0.80 (0.80 miles south of State Route 101), inclusive.

(10) Airport Road #93230 between milepost 0.48 and milepost 0.58 (Edgewood Drive), inclusive.

(11) Edgewood Drive #93110 between milepost 3.03 and milepost 3.19 (Airport Drive), inclusive.

(12) State Route 101 between milepost 258.13 (Barr Road) and milepost 259.00 (Dryke Road), inclusive.

11.11.050 Penalty.

(1) Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall have committed a traffic infraction and a penalty of $100 shall be imposed.

(2) Penalties shall become due and payable thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of the notice of traffic infraction.

(3) Violations shall be enforced by such authorities and in such manner as set forth in Chapter 46.63 RCW.

11.11.060 Posting.

The Clallam County Road Engineer, or his or its successor, is authorized and directed to post appropriate signs consistent with the provisions of this chapter.

11.11.070 Effective date.

This chapter shall take effect ten (10) days after adoption.